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Hughes Hall has this warm, inspiring and progressive atmosphere that is so refreshing and welcome at Cambridge. I’ve found a ready-made mature community from all over the world, where everyone has different stories and life experiences to share. Being part of such a close-knit supportive College is like finding a home-away-from-home, and I'm definitely happy to be at Hughes.


Hughes Hall was founded in 1885 and is known today as a vibrant, international, and friendly academic community of around 200 undergraduates, all over 21, and more than 700 postgraduates. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and a multitude of disciplines, whether studying for the first time, returning to education after a successful career or a subject change, or undertaking graduate level research. 

Hughes students join leading researchers, make lifelong friends, and support one another to make a difference through a culture of academic excellence, and social and sporting opportunity.


Hughes Hall has excellent public spaces and student rooms.
Our accommodation includes rooms in:

  • our Victorian main building 
  • modern en suite buildings on site 
  • nearby shared houses

All room rents are set bearing in mind affordability, and as an undergraduate you are guaranteed a room for every year of your course.


Facilities at Hughes Hall include:

  • a peaceful 24/7 library with special collections
  • 60 light and airy study spaces on 2 floors with step-free access
  • a grand modern dining hall, its tall windows overlooking the cricket field
  • College gym in the Suzanne Ziegler Garden Room which can also be transformed into a garden theatre
  • our beautiful Pavilion Room can be used for musical performances and programmes (we have a Steinway piano that students can use after given permission) and for indoor drama
  • facilities for rowing - we row from Emmanuel Boathouse and land training takes place in the gym at Hughes Hall

Location and student life at Hughes Hall

We understand the challenges that face mature and affiliated undergraduates, including international students, and have a welfare and tutorial team experienced in providing appropriate support and advice. We value our egalitarian and inclusive culture which allows individuals from all backgrounds to flourish.

Cambridge has much to offer in the form of both College and University level societies and sports. Hughes Hall students are strongly involved: they regularly represent Cambridge on University teams, and contribute to a diverse community where all can thrive.

The College is situated beside the lively, cosmopolitan area of Mill Road. It is within a 10-minute bike ride of most departments and faculties, yet surrounded by the peaceful green spaces of the University cricket ground and Parker’s Piece. It is also close to the train and bus stations.

Hughes Hall

Find out more

UCAS Campus Code 

Wollaston Road
01223 768242
Courses Available 
All courses except Medicine (other than the Graduate Course) and Veterinary Medicine
Student Numbers 
For students aged 21 and over (mature students)
180 undergraduates
c60 admitted each year
762 postgraduates

Admissions Tutor

Dr Spencer Johnston

Senior Tutor
Dr Tori McKee

College Open Days 

Check the College website for information.
See also Cambridge Open Days.

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